Thesis Title

Art: A Therapeutic Modality in the Treatment of Adolescents in Crisis

Graduation Date

Fall 1982

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Document Form


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

Degree Granting Institution

Notre Dame de Namur University

Program Name

Art Therapy


This paper explores the use of art as a therapeutic modality in the treatment of adolescents in crisis. Contents include an introduction by the author, selected relevant theories on adolescence, the use of art as therapy with adolescents, the psychodynamics of an in­patient adolescent art therapy group supplemented by slides in the Appendix, Discussion and Conclusion. Art is a fundamental tool in the graphic representation and conscious understanding of internal conflicts during the adolescent phase of psycho-social development.